Amy Smith

Headlong Dance Theater

Performing Arts, 2002

Amy Smith Smith is a Creative Capital Professional Development Consultant and Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater, a Bessie-award winning Philadelphia-based dance theater company. Headlong’s work has toured nationally and internationally, and ranges from works for the stage to works that take place in hotel pools (their CC-supported project Hotel Pool), urban neighborhoods (CELL), and people’s homes (This Town is a Mystery). Before founding Headlong with her collaborators, she attended Wesleyan University and the Center for New Dance Development in Holland. Besides Headlong, Smith has performed in the work of Deborah Hay and Ishmael Houston Jones, and she has worked as an actor and director in Philadelphia theater. She served on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees, and spent several years working to create Dance/USA Philadelphia. She helps artists and organizations with their tax preparation and financial management issues. Her personal mission is to help other artists improve their financial literacy.

Awards and Accomplishments


Headlong receives a MAP Fund grant

2010: Headlong Dance Theater receives a MAP Fund grant

2007: Headlong Dance Theater receives Pew Fellowship in the Arts